Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Best cheapest gaming PC

Tags:
  • Homebuilt
  • Laptops
  • World Of Warcraft
  • Systems
Last response: in Systems
Share
August 26, 2012 8:45:25 PM

Hello,
I was able to play WOW trial and the original GW just fine on my laptop. My laptop is a core 2 du0 2.10 GHz, with 105M Geforce graphics. I bought Guild wars 2 recently, and my fps is 7 constantly lol. I have everything on minimum as well. This leads me to assume that the next generation of games will leave my laptop behind. I would like your insight on a couple of options.

I came across this Vidock and conclude that I could buy a decent graphics card of HD6770 for 300. However, the reviews of doing this isn't great. So this leads to my other option of building my own PC.

I live in Ottawa, ON Canada, so if possible could the price be listed in the Canadian dollar. I would like the price to be cheapest as possible (300-500?). I've looked on the forums here and couldn't come across anything.

I can buy the HD 6770 for 139, amd phenon ii x4 for $114. I'm just not sure about the motherboard and other things.

Anyways, thank you for the time.

More about : cheapest gaming

August 26, 2012 9:22:02 PM

That link is amazing. Thank you. Having taking this from ScrewySqrl I have a few questions:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($65.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.60 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.88 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.88 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Antec 400W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.88 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.69 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $518.89

-I have an old DVD writer from a P.C back in 2005 or 2006. In this day and age will it still work?
-For the OS, I don't actually have a disk, except an upgrade disk. Would it be possible to install windows 98, and then install Windows 7? If I can't find it (It may be only good for my LG laptop), I have an XP pro. Would this suffice?
m
0
l
Related resources
a c 136 B Homebuilt system
a b Ý World of Warcraft
August 26, 2012 9:37:51 PM

If you had a few more dollars than that build above then a motherboard with a 970 series chip set is a better option

Your older dvd drive might be SATA or it might be IDE [with a 40 wire ribbon cable ] . Modern motherboards seldom have the IDE connector , but if its SATA then sure you can re-use it

If you are just gaming you can cut the RAM to a 2x2 gig kit to save money without affecting performance . If you also edit photos or videos then go with the 8 gig

Installing XP should work if its SP2 or later , but XP doesnt multithread that well , and will only be DX9 . If its a 32 bit copy [ probably] its also not going to use all your RAM .

Another option is Ubuntu Linux
A couple of days and you will feel at home . 64 bit , free download
www.ubuntu.com

http://tinyurl.com/8tyfstr

You can reformat and install windows later when you have the money if you wanted
m
0
l
a b B Homebuilt system
a b Ý World of Warcraft
August 26, 2012 9:44:44 PM

from 2005 its probly IDE and thus wouldn't work. Note the build I give there includes Windows
m
0
l
August 26, 2012 10:01:41 PM

This may sound unintelligent, but can I still play mmorpgs with ubuntu? I've used it before and I love it. But I'm not sure if GW2 (probably) is compatible with it.
m
0
l
a c 136 B Homebuilt system
a b Ý World of Warcraft
August 26, 2012 10:28:27 PM

you should be able to play almost anything in ubuntu using WINE

Theres a bit of set up , and a slight performance hit but read the tinyurl link
m
0
l
August 27, 2012 12:17:38 AM

Thank you all for your help. However, I realized that I should probably save my money in case I need it for emergency purposes. The prices are a bit off, but I can probably get it for 600-700.
m
0
l
August 27, 2012 1:07:01 AM

What bout a Vidock plus a Radeon HD 6770 graphics card? Would there be complications? What are the common issues that people dislike Vidocks? My common problems is slowness in game (FPS).
m
0
l
a b B Homebuilt system
a b Ý World of Warcraft
August 27, 2012 1:38:09 AM

never heard of a Vidock.

6770 is a step down from the 7770 I listed, but should handle medium settings
m
0
l
August 27, 2012 1:42:15 AM

Vidock is an external pci that you put in a graphics card and connect it to your laptop.
m
0
l
August 27, 2012 2:11:27 AM

External solutions are always slow. The build you posted, change the mobo to an Asus M5A97, the GPU to a 7850 and the PSU to a Corsair CX 600 and you will be good to go for another 2-3yrs.
m
0
l
August 27, 2012 4:01:19 AM

Is what you suggest significantly cheaper? Would there be room to upgrade in 2-3 years? Or is the motherboard at it's limit?
m
0
l
August 27, 2012 6:50:48 AM

You could upgrade to Piledriver in a year or two. Then the mobo would probably be at its limit upgrading wise. It is quite cheaper too.
m
0
l
August 27, 2012 6:57:15 AM

Okay, with the original build, I switched the PSU with the one that ScrewySqrl recommended: Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-430CXV2 430W ATX Power Supply. I'm not sure what Piledriver is but I'm going to assume it's the CPU.

-Is there anything else from the original build that should be upgraded? Fans? Sound card?

m
0
l
a b B Homebuilt system
a b Ý World of Warcraft
August 27, 2012 4:15:57 PM

fans cant hurt, sound card unnecessary.. Piledriver is the next AMD CPU, due out between October and December
m
0
l
!